Rachael Dubinsky, JALSA communications director
JALSA Statement on MA House Passage of Conversion Therapy Ban Bill
BOSTON, March 13, 2019-- The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA) made the following statement about the passage of H. 140: An Act Relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors:
“We are thrilled to see the Massachusetts House of Representative pass this bill so quickly, thanks to lead sponsor and JALSA advisory committee member Rep. Kay Khan,” said Cindy Rowe, executive director of JALSA.
“At JALSA, our Jewish values teach us the concept of “B'tzelem Eloheim”-- we are all created in the Divine image,” she continued. “We are guided by this principal, and regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, we respect all people. Our shared values compel us to stand up for young people whose very identity is being questioned by authority figures who seek to impose upon them a view that they are somehow sinful or wrong just because of who they are.”
“We urge the Massachusetts Senate to swiftly approve the House version of the bill and be mindful of the fact that every day that this practice is allowed to continue, more young lives are put at risk.”
The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action is devoted to engaging the community in promoting civil rights, protecting civil liberties and achieving social, economic, environmental, and racial justice.